Austrian-born Dutch violinist Oskar Back was born on this day in 1879 – 140 years ago.

A student of Eugène Ysaÿe and César Thomson, he served a 42 year teaching professorship at the Amsterdam Conservatory – his famed students including: Alma Moodie, Herman Krebbers, Emmy Verhey and Theo Olof.

Although he made no known recordings, Professor Back established a foundation to financially assist talented young Dutch violinists – previous bursary recipients including Emmy Verhey and Jaap Van Zweden.

He passed away in 1963 – aged 83.